Mums invited to join exciting new partnership to improve maternity services

Tuesday June 4, 2019

Women and their families in West Sussex are invited to the launch of an exciting new partnership next week, designed to give them a voice to help further improve local maternity services.

The Western Sussex Maternity Voices Partnership (WSMVP) is hosting their first event in the Bateman Room, Chichester Medical Education Centre, at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, on Monday 10 June, 10.30am-12.30pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity for our maternity teams and other partners to work with women and families to develop a service that meets their needs

The partnership will unveil their first projects, answer questions and encourage people to join their new venture. Although free to attend, anyone interested is asked to register in advance by visiting https://bit.ly/2JV5Im5. Refreshments will be provided.

Head of midwifery at Western Sussex Hospitals, Lynn Woolley, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our maternity teams and other partners to work with women and families to develop a service that meets their needs – giving them the best possible care during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

“Hearing the voices of women in a much more direct way will give us greater opportunities to understand where we can improve and will allow us to truly co-design future services with the families who are at the heart of what we do.”

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital and community-based maternity care to more than 5,000 women and their families in West Sussex every year. The service has one of the highest ratings in the country from the Care Quality Commission, with five out of six inspection categories rated as “Outstanding” in the trust’s CQC report.

WSMVP is chaired by lay person and mother-of-twins from Horsham, Emma Johnson, who said: “It is a real privilege to be the chair taking this working group forward. I am really looking forward to making the Western Sussex MVP a real success.

“I am keen to give the service users a voice and co-produce processes alongside service providers, to help make the start of this amazing journey a special one.”

If you are interested in helping to further improve local maternity services, please email westsussexmvp@gmail.com

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